Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Celebration of Blackness, 2021

On Friday, January 15th, 2021, the Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons (DISC), MSU's Black Student Union, African Students Association, and representatives from Bobcat Athletics hosted a virtual day of panels and discussions with MSU campus leaders. The day began with an acknowledgment of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and continued with student panels focused around student-athletes, healthcare, and an interactive African names presentation. The celebration ended with a panel of women, led by the DISC’s Program Manager, from different professions discussing the intersections of their work and identities.


MLK Jr's Birthday Celebration of Blackness, 2021


If you missed any of the virtual sessions on MLK Jr Day 2021, please see below:


Celebration Kick-Off and MLK Jr. Tribute:

PJ Diamond, Jessica Brito, and Anaya Paschal


Black Student-Athlete Experience Panel:

Kyla Bush, Jaharie Martin, and Twila Reovan


Student/Patient Healthcare Experiences Panel:

Lyla Brown, Jamelle Phillips, and Bukola Saliu


Interactive African Names Presentation:

Bukola Saliu, David Lartey, and Elijah Adeniyi


Exploring Identities and Professions Panel:

PJ, Jasmine, and Jade Diamond


On Thursday, January 23nd, 2020, the Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons hosted Georgetown Professor, Anthony Cook, to give the lecture "King and the Beloved Community: A Critical Approach to Community Development."

If you missed the MSU 2020 MLK Day Lecture, you can view it here online at the following url link or click here:


Doors Open SUB Ballroom A
9:30am - 10am Breakfast

10am - 10:30am

Opening Remarks by the Black Student Union

11am - Noon

 First Session

  •  "The Importance of Having Black Spaces" by Jessica Brito in SUB Ballroom C
  • “Relations Between the Native American Community and the Black Community” by Cora Phoenix-Price in SUB Ballroom D

12:15pm - 1:15pm

Second Session

  • “History of African American Film” by Tristan Harris-Pearce in SUB Ballroom C
  • “Reproductive Health in the Black Community” by Lyla Brown and Jamelle Phillips in SUB Ballroom D

1pm - 2:15pm


2:30pm - 3:30pm

Third session
  •  “The Concept of Colorism” by Anaya Paschal and Jessica Brito SUB Ballroom C
  • “Black Childhood: An Age of Deprivation” by Vicente Frias in SUB Ballroom D

3:45pm - 4:45pm                                                             

Fourth session
  • “Celebrating the Black Diaspora: Traditional Marriage Ceremonies in Eastern Nigeria” by Nnamdi Kanaga in SUB Ballroom D
6pm Keynote Speaker: Dr. Godfrey Saunders in SUB Ballroom A

Tuesday, January 16th

Emerson Cultural Center, Crawford Theater

5:15 Reception

6:00 Program

7:15 Screening of "Oklahoma City" documentary

Opening Reception

Friday, January 20th | 5:00pm-6:30pm

Rockford Coffee | 18 E. Main St. 

MLK Art Display

January 20th-30th

Rockford Coffee | 18 E. Main St. 

Tuesday, January 19th; 6:30 pm

Emerson Center, Crawford Theater, 111 S. Grand Ave, Bozeman, MT

The 2016 Martin Luther King Day Celebration will feature PechaKucha-style presentations by community members on various aspects of MLK’s legacy, history, and present day implications. 

The pecha kucha format is such that speakers show 20 digital images that advance automatically every 20 seconds while the presenter speaks about an idea, story, initiative, or project for 6 minutes and 40 seconds. We have invited speakers from the Bozeman community to present inspirational, thought-provoking, creative, and profound stories related to Martin Luther King Day.

This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Bozeman Martin Luther King Day Organizing Committee (with representatives from the Bozeman Public Library, the Human Resource Development Council, the Pecha Kucha Bozeman Committee, and the Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons) and the MSU Leadership Institute. 

Questions? Call the Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons at 406.994.5801.

On January 20, 2015, a lecture by Robert Shetterly was held at the Emerson Crawford Theater. Mr. Shetterly is an American artist best known for his portrait series, "Americans Who Tell the Truth," which celebrates citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness. In his lecture, Mr. Shetterly shared the portraits and the impacts of individuals who have fought for civil rights. In the story of his own journey to becoming a social justice activist, the audience were inspired to consider how they too can take part in improving their communities and enriching the lives of others.

The 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Day events are sponsored by the Bozeman MLK Day Organizing Committee, Humanities Montana, affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, MSU Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons, MSU Leadership Institute, MSU Office of the President, Bozeman High School, Headwaters Academy, Sacajawea Middle School, Chief Joseph Middle School, Anderson School, Congregation Beth Shalom Social Service Committee, Bozeman Public Library, Montana Human Rights Network, United Methodist Church Social Justice Committee, and the Magpie Guest House.